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Language is a very difficult thing to put into words. Voltaire

He who has heard the same thing told by 12,000 eye-witnesses has only 12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong probability, which is far from certain. Voltaire

If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero. Voltaire

In the matter of taxation, every privilege is an injustice. Voltaire

But there must be some pleasure in condemning everything-in perceiving faults where others think they see beauties.' 'You mean there is pleasure in having no pleasure. Voltaire

God is a comic, playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh. Voltaire

Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism. Voltaire

Those who lament for fortune do not often lament for themselves. Voltaire

Slavery is as ancient as war, and war as human nature. Voltaire

A man who pours drugs of which he knows little into a body of which he knows less. Voltaire

He wanted to know how they prayed to God in El Dorado. "We do not pray to him at all," said the reverend sage. "We have nothing to ask of him. He has given us all we want, and we give him thanks continually. Voltaire

?Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire

Prejudice is opinion without judgement. Voltaire

Regimen is superior to medicine. Voltaire

The secret of being boring is to say everything. Voltaire

If God did not exist, he would have to be invented. Voltaire

It must be confessed that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men than the inventors of syllogisms. Voltaire

All the persecutors declare against each other mortal war, while the philosopher, oppressed by them all, contents himself with pitying them. Voltaire

Virtue between men is a commerce of good actions: he who has no part in this commerce must not be reckoned. Voltaire

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense. Voltaire

The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence. Voltaire

Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool. Voltaire

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. Voltaire

Most of my life has been one tragedy after another, most of which hasn't happened. Voltaire

This is no time to make new enemies. Voltaire

Translations increase the faults of a work and spoil its beauties. Voltaire

One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly. Voltaire

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire

The way to be a bore is to say everything. Voltaire

Friends should be preferred to kings. Voltaire

The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech. Voltaire

Historians are gossips who tease the dead Voltaire

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. Voltaire

Paradise is where I am Voltaire

I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion. Voltaire

To caress the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten away our heart. Voltaire

To hold a pen is to be at war. Voltaire

The superfluous, a very necessary thing. Voltaire

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. Voltaire

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. Voltaire

I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow. Voltaire

He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead. Voltaire

The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice. Voltaire

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. Voltaire

Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient. Voltaire

Fear follows crime and is its punishment. Voltaire

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire

Errors flies from mouth to mouth, from pen to pen, and to destroy it takes ages. Voltaire

Will is wish, and liberty is power. Voltaire

The system of Descartes... seemed to give a plausible reason for all those phenomena; and this reason seemed more just, as it is simple and intelligible to all capacities. But in philosophy, a student ought to doubt of the things he fancies he understands too easily, as much as of those he does not understand. Voltaire

There is no such thing as an accident. What we call by that name is the effect of some cause which we do not see. Voltaire

He who seeks truth should be of no country. Voltaire

This poem will never reach its destination. On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity Voltaire

A fool is a person who guesses and gets it wrong, a clever man is one who guesses, regardless of time period, and gets it right. Voltaire

What will the preachers say? .. to teach men not to persecute men: for, while a few sanctimonious humbugs are burning a few fanatics, the earth opens and swallows up all alike. Voltaire

For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm. Voltaire

The monster, fanaticism, still exists, and whoever seeks after truth will run the risk of being persecuted. Voltaire

It is ourselves alone that make our days lucky or unlucky. Away, then, with a vain prejudice, the invention of the priesthood, which has been transmitted by our ancestors to an ignorant people. Voltaire

There is only one morality, as there is only one geometry. Voltaire

What! Have you no monks to teach, to dispute, to govern, to intrigue and to burn people who do not agree with them? Voltaire

I never approved either the errors of his book, or the trivial truths he so vigorously laid down. I have, however, stoutly taken his side when absurd men have condemned him for these same truths. Voltaire

God created women only to tame men. Voltaire

Quand celui a qui l'on parle ne comprend pas et celui qui parle ne se comprend pas, c'est de la metaphysique When he to whom a person speaks does not understand, and he who speaks does not understand himself, that is metaphysics. Voltaire

You are very harsh.' 'I have seen the world. Voltaire

In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. Voltaire

The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force. Voltaire

History is only the pattern of silken slippers descending the stairs to the thunder of hobnailed boots climbing upward from below. Voltaire

I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one. Voltaire

How I like the boldness of the English, how I like the people who say what they think! Voltaire

The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy. Voltaire



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